Canadian TV Ratings: November 30-December 6, 2015

You know those people who love to bash the CBC? I’m talking about those people who make it seem like no one’s watching the thing and it isn’t earning its keep. Well, the ratings for the week of November 30 might make them look like they have some egg on their face.

The CBC landed five shows on Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week. That’s much more than the one City managed to get on there and the exact same number as Global. The CBC actually has the top scripted Canadian series on TV with Murdoch Mysteries, and both it and the Rick Mercer Report drew more viewers than imports NCIS: Los Angeles and newbie Chicago Med over on Global. Heartland and 22 Minutes are still holding strong as well with nearly one million viewers each.

Okay, okay, I suppose I have to play devil’s advocate here, too. The CBC still can’t hold a candle to the powerhouse that is CTV. Even with some of its strongest shows like The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, How to Get Away with Murder and Castle MIA or in rerun mode, CTV managed to sweep nine of the top ten slots on the week’s chart — every one except the top spot. That honour went to Global’s Survivor. (I know. I’m surprised so many people even bother with Survivor after all of these years.) Actually, if you really want to get depressed, CBC’s top program has barely half the audience of the top program across all of television for the week of November 30, and if my memory serves me correctly, it’s regularly a small fraction of the top show. 

But comparing the CBC to CTV (and the other private broadcast networks) would be radically unfair, wouldn’t it? CTV, Global and City gobble up a bunch of American programs and often air their shows at the same time as the American networks to swipe some of their audience with simultaneous substitution. The American shows get a ton more attention and press than the Canadian shows on the air. How many times have you seen Heartland mentioned in an American newspaper or magazine? Hell, how many times have you seen Heartland mentioned in a Canadian newspaper or magazine?

Still, the fact the CBC is able to make halfway decent shows on a nearly non-existent budget from the government and without any of those HNIC dollars is still pretty impressive. I say halfway decent because the lack of funds really shows in some shows, like 22 Minutes.

There’s no doubt the CBC’s hurting and it looks like it’s near death, but one of the good things about the new Trudeau government is that we should see some more dollars going to the CBC. Hopefully that will mean Canadian television will get the shot to the arm it desperately needs.

Anyway, for more on the week’s top shows, check out my charts below and Numeris at the source link.

Top programs for Monday, November 30, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 9 Gotham CTV 8-9:01 p.m. 1,686,000
2 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 p.m. 1,588,000
3 11 Supergirl Global 8-9:01 p.m. 1,464,000

Top programs for Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 3 The Flash CTV 8-9 p.m. 1,998,000
2 6 Agents of SHIELD CTV 9-10 p.m. 1,849,000
3 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 p.m. 1,588,000

Top programs for Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 1 Survivor Global 8-9 p.m. 2,069,000
2 2 Criminal Minds CTV 9-10 p.m. 2,030,000
3 4 Code Black CTV 10-11 p.m. 1,914,000

Top programs for Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 p.m. 1,588,000
2 12 The Big Bang Theory CTV 8-8:31 p.m. 1,445,000
3 16 Saving Hope CTV 9-10 p.m. 1,210,000

Top programs for Friday, December 4, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 8 The Amazing Race CTV 8-9 p.m. 1,689,000
2 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 p.m. 1,588,000
3 13 Grimm CTV 9-10 p.m. 1,285,000

Top programs for Saturday, December 5, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 22 CTV National News* CTV 11-11:30 p.m. 1,090,000
2 27 HNIC Prime East CBC 7:07-9:58 p.m. 1,007,000

Top programs for Sunday, December 6, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 5 Quantico CTV 10-11 p.m. 1,877,000
2 20 Once Upon a Time CTV 8-9:01 p.m. 1,129,000
3 22 CTV National News* CTV 6-7 p.m. 1,090,000

These numbers cover all viewers over the age of two who watched the above programs live or within seven days of the show’s initial broadcast. The times listed above are shown in Eastern Time. The total number refers to the “average minute audience.” Note that programs that have asterisks next to them aired on multiple days. 

*Numbers and times provided are for multiple broadcasts:

CTV Evening News (Monday-Friday)

CTV National News (Daily)

Source: Numeris

(Featured Image: Rick Mercer Report promotional image via CBC Media Centre)

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